Slowly but surely, news about Star Wars: Episode VII is rising to the surface. We’ve recently heard Kathleen Kennedy discuss how the production team will be cutting back on digital effects in order to more closely match the original trilogy, and now we’ve learned they’ll also be shooting the movie on 35mm film. Yes, it’s wonderful news.
This was revealed at an industry event last week by Dan Mindel. He announced that he’s the Director of Photography for Episode VII, and the news about him deciding to use film instead of going digital makes me feel even more optimistic about the movie. Of course, Mindel is the person who taught Abrams how to do lens flares but I’m not worried.
This news coupled with some rumors from Ain’t It Cool News that Industrial Light and Magic is growing its model shop makes me believe Kennedy and team really do want the old school look that makes the original trilogy so incredible. I know Attack of the Clones was the first mega film to be shot digitally so I think this decision to go back is bold and means very good things for the future of Star Wars.